We all need a break sometimes from our fast-paced and stressful routines. For many of us, a holiday is a great opportunity to relax and spend some quality time with our family. It can be so exciting to explore new destinations abroad and provide an educational and fun experience for our children. However, amidst all the excitement, it can be easy to forget that not all holiday resorts abroad might be as safe or child-friendly as back home. It is always worth taking the right precautions and researching your options before booking your holiday. Taking the following actions can help to safeguard your children’s wellbeing and ensure your holiday is worry free.
Choosing the right accommodation is vital. It is always a great adventure for kids to explore the area they are staying in. Unfortunately, a lot of the safety standards in properties abroad may not be comparable to those in the UK. It is important to check that, if your accommodation is on the ground floor, all windows are locked both during the day and overnight whilst your children are asleep. Likewise, if you are staying somewhere that has a balcony, make sure you never leave your children unattended. Accidents do happen so try and move any furniture away from the edge to discourage any climbing. Stairgates tend not to be supplied in a lot of hotels. If this is the case make sure younger children are accompanied on the stairs at all times. Caution must also be taken when around any glass doors or windows. Toughened glass is not as common abroad as it is in the UK.
European Health Insurance Card
Owning an EHIC is invaluable to you when travelling within Europe. This little card, formerly the E111, will entitle you to any healthcare you may require at a reduced cost or even free of charge. As the card only covers yourself, ensure that you get a card for each member of your family. This means should anybody have an accident or need medical attention due to an ongoing illness (such as diabetes) everyone is covered.
No matter where you are planning on staying throughout your holiday fire safety is always a must. If you are booking up a room in a hotel, make sure you familiarise yourself with the fire procedures. Find out exactly where your nearest exits are to keep your whole family safe. You need to do this if you are staying in a private villa as well. Read up about where your exits are and make sure everyone knows how they should evacuate in the event of a fire.
There’s always a lot of excitement when visiting the swimming pool on holiday. It really is a favourite for the whole family. But again, it is worth noting that not all standards are as high as UK regulations. It is vital that you never leave children unattended at the pool as lifeguards are not always present in hotel pools. Some private swimming pools in the European Union have to be covered legally, but this is not always the case in Europe. So it is better to exercise caution when travelling in Europe.
Safety is always a huge part of going abroad. Taking that extra time to familiarise yourself with your surroundings and understanding potential dangers will help to take the worry out of your holiday.